This seminar led by Julia Unwin, posed the question: can we have a socially cohesive society that is also fundamentally unequal?

Published Date: 
Monday, 3 April 2017

A briefing document for a seminar held at Cumberland Lodge on 28th March 2017, with guest speaker, Julia Unwin CBE, former Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust.

 This seminar explored whether social and economic inequalities negatively affect basic human qualities, such as our ability to trust one another, and our willingness to show kindness. It posed the question: can we have a socially cohesive society that is fundamentally unequal? The seminar forms part of our programme of events that explore the fundamental question of what makes a peaceful, tolerant and inclusive society.  The event brought together leading social commentators, parliamentarians, NGO representatives and researchers to discuss key evidence and policy responses. The briefing document provided to attendees can be downloaded in PDF format from this page.